Chester Bennington’s Widow, Sons Offer Personal Video, Artwork + Commentary During National Suicide Prevention Week
Earlier this week, Chester Bennington's son Draven taped a spot for National Suicide Prevention Week concerning depression, making a pledge to himself and a challenge to others. Now, Draven and other members of Bennington's family have offered a variety of statements that are particularly poignant as part of National Suicide Prevention Week.
One of the most powerful is a video from Talinda Bennington, Chester's widow, who posted some of the last video footage of Bennington before his death. The short video below finds Bennington with his son and other family members having a good time playing a game. "This is what depression looked like to us just 36 hrs b4 his death. He loved us SO much & we loved him. #fuckdepression #MakeChesterProud," tweeted Bennington. In an introduction to the video, she stated, "My next tweet is the most personal tweet I have ever done. I'm showing this so that you know that depression doesn't have a face or a mood."
Talinda also posted some artwork on behalf of her son Tyler. It reads, "Love Life. You Matter. I drew this pic for all of you." She would reveal in a response to the post, "He did it all on his own and asked me to tweet it. It's healing for him."
During an appearance on Nikki Sixx's Sixx Sense radio show earlier this week (heard below), Talinda stated, "The loss of my husband just left such a gap in our world, and I feel like his death is kind of the straw that broke the camel's back with this. He's left me with such a huge platform to be able to be heard, and that's what I plan on doing in his name, in his honor." Talinda has been tagging posts about depression with #FuckDepression and #MakeChesterProud, the latter tag being started by Mike Shinoda to help spread positivity. The first hashtag came about after seeing someone else talk about their battles with depression.
"I started to notice that fans were saying they were hurting, and they didn't know what to do. And it weighed heavily on my heart, because their words were comforting me. And I just thought to myself, 'You know what? What if we could just talk to each other?,'" stated Bennington to Sixx, later adding, "When there'd be somebody that was hurting, I just, 'LP family.' And then it became so widespread, [with] support from some other musicians and their fanbase. And now it's just a call to help. When somebody is hurting, I just use my followers and ask them to lift one another up. So that's how it all got started."
And finally, Draven Bennington and his mother, Chester's first wife Samantha Bennington, taped another video for National Suicide Prevention Week. In the clip, Draven speaks more about how he's coping in the aftermath of losing his father. “It still doesn’t feel like it actually happened," says the teen. "Maybe he’ll pop back in.” He continues, "It’s hard cause sometimes you just sit down and you start thinking about it, like I came across old home videos that he had and things like that and it sucks.” The video ends with the number for the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Both mother and son were also interviewed by a CBS affiliate in a feature. During that interview, Samantha revealed that Bennington had checked himself into a rehab facility for around six months while dealing with suicidal thoughts. "He said, 'I stayed longer cause I wasn't ready to come home. I was having really dark, dark thoughts, suicidal thoughts,'" she recalls. "But he said it to us in a way that that's why he stayed longer and it was good and he seemed strong and better."
"It was like static at first," recalls Draven of first learning of his father's death. "Like you kind of just don't know what's happening, and then it hits you like a punch in the gut." Watch more of the CBS KESQ feature here.
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